- to remain; continue; stay: Abide with me.
- to have one's abode; dwell; reside: to abide in a small Scottish village.
- to continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship, etc.; last.
- to put up with; tolerate; stand: I can't abide dishonesty!
- to endure, sustain, or withstand without yielding or submitting: to abide a vigorous onslaught.
- to wait for; await: to abide the coming of the Lord.
- to accept without opposition or question: to abide the verdict of the judges.
- to pay the price or penalty of; suffer for.
- abide by,
- to act in accord with.
- to submit to; agree to: to abide by the court's decision.
- to remain steadfast or faithful to; keep: If you make a promise, abide by it.
Origin of abide
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Examples from the Web for abide
North Korea must show it is serious and prepared to abide by its commitments, particularly concerning denuclearization.To Free American Prisoners, America’s Top Spy Goes to North Korea
November 8, 2014
Human happiness,” the Greek historian Herodotus once observed, “does not abide long in one place.Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay
October 5, 2014
But even for children struggling to care for elderly parents on their own want to abide by tradition.After the Genocide, Rwanda’s Widows Aging Alone
August 31, 2014
Beyond the mental acuity needed to focus through the pain, the young woman must also abide by a strict diet.Facial Tattoos: The Tribal Female Rite in Papua New Guinea
August 11, 2014
Broussard was not the sort of man who could abide such defeat.Lake Bacon: The Story of The Man Who Wanted Us to Eat Mississippi Hippos
August 10, 2014
The officers then could not abide him, though some were submissive to him because of his father's position.In the Valley
Though the desert were arid on this side, it was her desert, and there in her tent must she abide.Tiverton Tales
But, Master Will, how cometh it that thou dost now abide in Sherwood?The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Author of many hymns, the most popular of which is "Abide with Me."Graded Poetry: Second Year
They foresaw that civilized and savage life could not abide side by side.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
- (tr) to tolerate; put up with
- (tr) to accept or submit to; sufferto abide the court's decision
- (intr foll by by)
- to comply (with)to abide by the decision
- to remain faithful (to)to abide by your promise
- (intr) to remain or continue
- (intr) archaic to dwell
- (tr) archaic to await in expectation
- (tr) archaic to withstand or sustain; endureto abide the onslaught
Word Origin and History for abide
Old English abidan, gebidan "remain, wait, delay, remain behind," from ge- completive prefix (denoting onward motion; see a- (1)) + bidan "bide, remain, wait, dwell" (see bide). Originally intransitive (with genitive of the object: we abidon his "we waited for him"); transitive sense emerged in Middle English. Meaning "to put up with" (now usually negative) first recorded 1520s. Related: Abided; abiding. The historical conjugation is abide, abode, abidden, but the modern formation is now generally weak.